Find prescreening and audition repertoire requirements and instructions below for your specific area of study. See the prescreening page for additional details regarding video specifications, uploading instructions and a tutorial video.

Many areas below allow you to showcase a work(s) of your choosing. Where there is flexibility in requirements, we encourage you to expand beyond the traditional canon and explore the expansive repertoire options. CIM’s Program Advisory Committee has put together a database of resources and repertoire that focuses on underrepresented composers in classical music. 

Instructions for Fall 2022

As you prepare for your prescreening video and live audition, connect with the Admissions team to get your questions answered!

Note: Accompaniment is required for voice applicants only.

Bassoon

A prescreening recording is not required, except for doctor of musical arts and artist diploma applicants. If you wish to upload a video recording to your application, you may do so. The recording should consist of selections from the audition repertoire. Doctor of musical arts and artist diploma applicants should record at least 30 minutes of the repertoire below. 

Audition Requirements

Undergraduate:

  • Major and harmonic minor scales (not required on video recording)
  • Milde Scale or Arpeggio etude
  • Solo piece selected by the student

Graduate:

  • Major and harmonic minor scales (not required on video recording)
  • A major concerto; e.g., Mozart, Hummel, or Weber
  • Selected contrasting orchestral excerpts

Resource for Selecting Repertoire

CIM’s Program Advisory Committee has put together a database of resources and repertoire that focuses on underrepresented composers in classical music. Where there are opportunities to select your own piece, we encourage you to use this resource to explore and research composers and works.

Cello and Cello Suzuki Pedagogy

A prescreening video is required. To accommodate prescreening, applicants are strongly urged to submit applications well before the deadline of December 1. Each piece of repertoire must be unedited and recorded separately. 

Prescreen Requirements

Must be played from memory:

  • One movement of standard concerto 
  • One movement from a Bach suite 
  • One etude 

Audition Requirements

Must be played from memory:

  • Two contrasting etudes of Franchomme, Piatti or Popper
  • Two contrasting movements from a Bach suite
  • One movement of a standard concerto or Tchaikovsky Variations on a Rococo Theme: theme, variations 1, 2, 3
  • Short piece, of your choosing, composed after 1950 by a Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) composer

For a DMA or artist diploma audition, the committee will select from the following requirements:

  • An entire Bach suite
  • Complete standard concerto or Tchaikovsky Variations on a Rococo Theme: theme, variations 1, 2, 3, and finale
  • Short piece, of your choosing, composed after 1950 by a Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) composer

Resource for Selecting Repertoire

CIM’s Program Advisory Committee has put together a database of resources and repertoire that focuses on underrepresented composers in classical music. Where there are opportunities to select your own piece, we encourage you to use this resource to explore and research composers and works.

Clarinet

A prescreening video is required. To accommodate prescreening, applicants are strongly urged to submit applications well before the deadline of December 1. Each piece of repertoire must be unedited and recorded separately. 

Prescreen Requirements

  • Any Rose etude
  • Exposition of Mozart Clarinet Concerto in A major, K. 622
  • Paganini (edited by Alamiro Giampieri), Caprice 1, 5 or 6 from 14 Caprices (Ricordi edition)

Audition Requirements

Undergraduate:

  • Mozart, Clarinet Concerto (first movement) or Weber, Clarinet Concerto, No. 2 (first movement)
  • Solo piece selected by the student
  • Two excerpts selected by the student

Graduate:

  • Mozart, Clarinet Concerto, exposition of the first movement
  • Nielsen, Clarinet Concerto, opening of the first movement to the cadenza
  • Solo piece selected by the student
  • Two excerpts selected by the student

Resource for Selecting Repertoire

CIM’s Program Advisory Committee has put together a database of resources and repertoire that focuses on underrepresented composers in classical music. Where there are opportunities to select your own piece, we encourage you to use this resource to explore and research composers and works.

Collaborative Piano

A prescreening recording is not required, except for doctor of musical arts and artist diploma applicants. If you wish to upload a video recording to your application, you may do so. The recording should consist of selections from the audition repertoire. Doctor of musical arts and artist diploma applicants should record at least 30 minutes of the repertoire below. 

Audition Requirements

1. Perform one solo piece of your choosing

2. Choose one sonata:

Beethoven
Sonata #5, Violin and Piano, Opus 24
Sonata #7, Violin and Piano, Opus 30, #2
Sonata #3, Cello and Piano, Opus 69

Brahms
Sonata for Violin and Piano, #2, Opus 100 in A major
Sonata for Violin and Piano, #3, Opus 108 in D minor
Sonata for Cello and Piano, #1, Opus 38 in E minor
Sonata for Cello and Piano, #2, Opus 99 in F major

Debussy
Sonata for Violin and Piano
Sonata for Cello and Piano

Frank
Sonata in A major

Fauré
Sonata in A major, Opus 13

3. Choose one concerto reduction:

  • Tchaikovsky, Violin Concerto, Opus 35 in D major
  • Sibelius, Violin Concerto in D minor, Opus 47
  • Mozart, Violin Concerto, #5, K. 219 in A major
  • Elgar, Cello Concerto, Opus 85
  • Dvorak, Cello Concerto, Opus 104 in B minor

4. Choose one from the following three pieces:

  • Kreisler "Songs My Mother Taught Me"
  • Tambourin Chinois, Opus 3
  • Marche miniature Viennoise

5. Choose three contrasting arts songs to be played in the high/soprano key. A singer will be provided for live auditions in Cleveland. One of the three selections should be prepared both to be played and sung. This will not be a test of vocal talent but rather will give some sense of ability to do more than one thing at once (as in coaching), some sense of diction abilities and textual expression.

German
Brahms, "Botschaft"
Schubert, "An die Musik" or "Du bist die Ruh"
Schumann, Postlude of "Frauenlieben und Leben" or "Dichterliebe"
Strauss, "Ständchen"
Wolf, "Er ist's" or "Ich hab' in Penna"

French
Chausson, "Le colibri" or "Les papillons"
Debussy, Ariettes oubliées: "C'est l'extase" or "Il pleure dans mon coeur"
Duparc, "Chanson triste"
Fauré, "En sourdine"
Poulenc, Fiançailles pour rire: "Violon" or "Il vole"

English
Barber, Hermit Songs: "St. Ita's Vision", "The Monk and His Cat", or "The Desire for Hermitage"
Bridge, "Love Went A-Riding"
Copland, Twelve Poems of Emily Dickinson: "Nature, the gentlest mother", "Heart, we will forget him", or "Going to Heaven!"

6. Choose one aria:

  • Mozart, Countess's Recitative/Aria, "E Susanna...Dove Sono", from The Marriage of Figaro
  • Puccini, Musetta's Waltz, "Quando m'en vo", from La Boheme

Resource for Selecting Repertoire

CIM’s Program Advisory Committee has put together a database of resources and repertoire that focuses on underrepresented composers in classical music. Where there are opportunities to select your own piece, we encourage you to use this resource to explore and research composers and works.

Composition

A prescreening video is required. To accommodate prescreening, applicants are strongly urged to submit applications well before the deadline of December 1.  

Prescreening Requirements 

Applicants must submit 2-3 original compositions (electronic scores preferred). Applicants for graduate programs (MM, PS, DMA) should include at least one work for large ensemble (chamber orchestra, full orchestra or wind ensemble). Each composition must be accompanied by an audio/video recording uploaded to the application. Hard copies may be sent to CIM at: 

Cleveland Institute of Music
Admissions Office
11021 East Boulevard
Cleveland, OH 44106 USA

Scores become the property of CIM and are not returned. Electronically submitted compositions uploaded to the application must be formatted to print on 8 ½" x 11” paper. 

In addition to the 2-3 scores and recordings of the compositions, applicants must upload the following to the application. 

  • A chronological list of completed compositions (including date of composition, instrumentation, duration and any performances) 
  • A resume that includes musical activities and training 
  • Two video recordings (uploaded separately) demonstrating technical and musical accomplishment on an instrument or voice. These recordings should present two (and only two) contrasting sections of your choice. Accompaniment is not required, except in voice. 

Audition and Interview 

After preliminary score review, selected applicants are invited to Cleveland for an interview.  

Conducting (Orchestral)

A prescreening video is required. To accommodate prescreening, applicants are strongly urged to submit applications well before the deadline of December 1. Each piece of repertoire must be unedited and recorded separately.   

Prescreen Requirements

Student choice: Provide videos of yourself conducting a chamber or orchestra rehearsal or performance, featuring three different pieces. 

Audition Requirements

Applicants must be available for a live audition at our Cleveland campus. Any recorded auditions will not be accepted.  

Ensembles perform for conducting auditions, under rehearsal conditions. The following repertoire is required: 

  • Beethoven Symphony 5, 1st movement 
  • Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 6, 1st and 2nd movements 
  • Strauss Overture to The Gypsy Baron
Double Bass

A prescreening video is required. To accommodate prescreening, applicants are strongly urged to submit applications well before the deadline of December 1. Each piece of repertoire must be unedited and recorded separately. 

Prescreen Requirements

Undergraduate and Graduate:

  • First movement of a standard concerto (or work of similar scope)
  • One complete movement of a piece composed before 1750
  • Two orchestral excerpts, by different composers, representing contrasting styles and techniques

Audition Requirements

All solo repertoire must be performed from memory.

Undergraduate:

  • First movement of a standard concerto (or work of similar scope)
  • One complete movement of a piece composed before 1750
  • Two orchestral excerpts, by different composers, representing contrasting styles and techniques
  • A piece of choice*

Graduate:

  • First movement of a standard concerto (or work of similar scope)
  • One complete movement of a piece composed before 1750 
  • Three orchestral excerpts, by different composers, representing contrasting styles and techniques
  • A piece of choice*

*Piece of Choice:

Undergraduate and graduates are also required to select a piece of their choosing to showcase. The piece should represent you as a unique musician; it can be from any time period, style, genre, etc. Possibilities include:

  • Contemporary/Modern
  • Jazz
  • Pop Arrangements
  • Bluegrass
  • Showpiece/transcription
  • Additional movement of Bach, concerto, excerpt, etc.

CIM’s Program Advisory Committee has put together a database of resources and repertoire that focuses on underrepresented composers in classical music. Where there are opportunities to select your own piece, we encourage you to use this resource to explore and research composers and works.

DMA Applicants:

Please contact Scott Dixon, the department head, at scott.dixon@cim.edu to discuss appropriate audition repertoire.

Flute

A prescreening video is required. To accommodate prescreening, applicants are strongly urged to submit applications well before the deadline of December 1. Each piece of repertoire must be unedited and recorded separately.

Prescreen Requirements

Undergraduate: 

  • A three octave chromatic scale 
  • Three contrasting pieces or movements of pieces, one may be an etude 

Graduate: 

  • A three octave chromatic scale 
  • Three contrasting pieces or movements of pieces, one may be an etude 
  • Three contrasting orchestral excerpts 

Audition Requirements

Undergraduate:

  • All major and harmonic minor scales and arpeggios in two or three octaves
  • Three contrasting pieces or movements of pieces, one may be an etude

Graduate:

  • All major and harmonic minor scales and arpeggios in two or three octaves
  • Three contrasting pieces or movements of pieces, one may be an etude
  • Three contrasting orchestral excerpts

Resource for Selecting Repertoire

CIM’s Program Advisory Committee has put together a database of resources and repertoire that focuses on underrepresented composers in classical music. Where there are opportunities to select your own piece, we encourage you to use this resource to explore and research composers and works.

Guitar (Classical)

A prescreening video is required. To accommodate prescreening, applicants are strongly urged to submit applications well before the deadline of December 1. Each piece of repertoire must be unedited and recorded separately. 

Prescreen Requirements

Same as audition requirements (can be different pieces than what are played for the live audition).

Audition Requirements

Undergraduate:

  • Three pieces of contrasting style - the repertoire chosen must include a slow selection as well as one that demonstrates the applicant's upper level technical ability
  • Major and minor scales, arpeggios, slur studies, and sightreading may be requested (not required on video recording)

Graduate:

  • Three pieces of contrasting style, all of which must be substantial works or movements from substantial works - the repertoire chosen must include a slow selection as well as one that demonstrates the applicant's upper level of technical ability
  • Major and minor scales, arpeggios, slur studies, and sightreading may be requested (not required on video recording)

Below are examples of CIM guitar audition material, with 3 contrasting style works. Vieaux or Davin may stop you in the middle of a piece in order to hear other works. Being stopped for time constraints is no reflection on the guitarist's performance.

Example 1
BACH Allemande from BWV 995 Suite
MERTZ Elegie
MARTIN "Comme Une Gigue" from Quatre Pieces Breves

Example 2
SCARLATTI Sonata K. 1
PONCE 1st Movement from Sonata No. 3
CARTER Changes

Example 3
DOWLAND Fantaisie No. 10
GIULIANI Grande Overture, Op. 61
TURINA Sonata, 1st movement

Example 4
SOR Op. 9 Variations
GINASTERA Sonata, 2nd Movement
JOBIM "A Felicidade" (arr. Dyens)

Harp

A prescreening recording is not required, except for doctor of musical arts and artist diploma applicants. If you wish to upload a video recording to your application, you may do so. The recording should consist of selections from the audition repertoire. Doctor of musical arts and artist diploma applicants should record at least 30 minutes of the repertoire below.

Audition Requirements

  • Two solo works of contrasting style (preferably memorized)
  • Level III Warm-Up from On Playing the Harp by Yolanda Kondonassis (published by Carl Fischer)
  • One orchestral excerpt of the applicant's choice

Resource for Selecting Repertoire

CIM’s Program Advisory Committee has put together a database of resources and repertoire that focuses on underrepresented composers in classical music. Where there are opportunities to select your own piece, we encourage you to use this resource to explore and research composers and works.

Harpsicord

A prescreening recording is not required, except for doctor of musical arts and artist diploma applicants. If you wish to upload a video recording to your application, you may do so. The recording should consist of selections from the audition repertoire. Doctor of musical arts and artist diploma applicants should record at least 30 minutes of the repertoire below.

Audition Requirements

Undergraduate:

Application video recordings may be performed on the harpsichord or piano.

  • All major and minor scales and arpeggios in three octaves (not required on video recording)
  • A work by Bach (at least 3 movements if a suite)
  • A sonata by Scarlatti
  • One movement of a sonata by C.P.E. Bach, Haydn, or Mozart

Graduate:

  • A substantial work by Bach (complete)
  • A sonata by Scarlatti or Soler
  • A toccata, tombeau, or unmeasured prelude from the 17th Century
  • A suite by Couperin, Rameau, Duphly, or the equivalent
Horn

A prescreening video is required. To accommodate prescreening, applicants are strongly urged to submit applications well before the deadline of December 1. Each piece of repertoire must be unedited and recorded separately. 

Prescreen Requirements

  • Same as audition requirements; however, students can choose and upload different pieces for the recorded audition 

Audition Requirements

Undergraduate

  • Etude by Kopprasch, or the equivalent
  • Solo or concerto selected by the student
  • Selected contrasting orchestral excerpts

Graduate

  • Solo or concerto selected by the student
  • Advanced etude (Gallay, Kling or Maxime-Alphonse)
  • Selected contrasting orchestral excerpts

Resource for Selecting Repertoire

CIM’s Program Advisory Committee has put together a database of resources and repertoire that focuses on underrepresented composers in classical music. Where there are opportunities to select your own piece, we encourage you to use this resource to explore and research composers and works.

Oboe

A prescreening video is required. To accommodate prescreening, applicants are strongly urged to submit applications well before the deadline of December 1. Each piece of repertoire must be unedited and recorded separately. 

Prescreen Requirements

An etude of your choice from Barret or Ferling and a solo of your choice OR a live recording of a recent recital

Audition Requirements

  • Etude by Barret or Ferling
  • Baroque or Classical work
  • 20th or 21st Century work

Resource for Selecting Repertoire

CIM’s Program Advisory Committee has put together a database of resources and repertoire that focuses on underrepresented composers in classical music. Where there are opportunities to select your own piece, we encourage you to use this resource to explore and research composers and works.

Organ

A prescreening video is required. To accommodate prescreening, applicants are strongly urged to submit applications well before the deadline of December 1. Each piece of repertoire must be unedited and recorded separately. 

Prescreen & Audition Requirements

  • A work of Bach
  • A 19th Century work
  • A 20th or 21st Century work

Resource for Selecting Repertoire

CIM’s Program Advisory Committee has put together a database of resources and repertoire that focuses on underrepresented composers in classical music. Where there are opportunities to select your own piece, we encourage you to use this resource to explore and research composers and works.

Piano

A prescreening video is required. To accommodate prescreening, applicants are strongly urged to submit applications well before the deadline of December 1. Each piece of repertoire must be unedited and recorded separately. 

Prescreen Requirements

Must be played from memory:

Same as audition requirements; however, students can choose and upload different pieces for the recorded audition.

Audition Requirements

Undergraduate and Graduate:

Must be played from memory.

  • Prelude and Fugue by Bach, from The Well-Tempered Clavier 
  • Complete classical sonata by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven or Schubert 
  • One substantial romantic work from the 19th century 
  • One work from the 20th or 21st century 
  • One Chopin etude of virtuosity 

Resource for Selecting Repertoire

CIM’s Program Advisory Committee has put together a database of resources and repertoire that focuses on underrepresented composers in classical music. Where there are opportunities to select your own piece, we encourage you to use this resource to explore and research composers and works.

Timpani and Percussion

A prescreening video is required for graduate applicants. Undergraduate applicants do not have to provide prescreening videos, but may do so with selections from the repertoire list below. To accommodate prescreening, applicants are strongly urged to submit applications well before the deadline of December 1. Each piece of repertoire must be unedited and recorded separately.

Prescreen Requirements

Graduates Only:

Snare Drum 

  • Solo of choice from John Pratt's 14 Modern Contest Solos (no repeats) 
  • Delécluse's étude No. 9 from 12 Études pour Caisse-Claire  
  • Prokofiev's opening from Lt. Kijé

Keyboard Percussion 

  • Two mallets: choose any 2 mallet movement by Bach (no repeats)  
  • Four mallet: solo of choice (no longer than a 3-minute excerpt)
  • Xylophone: Gershwin, Porgy and Bess Overture 

Timpani 

  • Bartók's Concerto for Orchestra tuning section going immediately into opening 20 bars of Strauss' Burleske 
  • Last B natural roll in Tchaikovsky's Romeo and Juliet Overture 
  • Vic Firth's étude No. 10 from The Solo Timpanist 

Audition Requirements

Undergraduate:

  • Snare Drum: Demonstrate advanced skills by performing rolls, rudiments and/or other technical aspects of snare drumming in two contrasting etudes from advanced sources; e.g., Delécluse, Peters, Goldenberg, Wilcoxin, or Pratt. The performance of orchestral excerpts is optional for undergraduate applicants.
  • Keyboard Percussion: Show evidence of advanced technical and musical skills by performing at least two contrasting movements from one or more concerti or solo works; e.g. Stout: Mexican Dances; Bach: Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin; Creston: Concertino for Marimba; or works by Abe, Burritt, Smadbeck, etc. The performance of orchestral excerpts is optional for undergraduate applicants. Applicants may be asked to demonstrate advanced technical skills by performing scales, arpeggios, and/or other technical exercises.
  • Timpani: Demonstrate skills in performance of rolls and single strokes. Perform at least one etude or solo for three or four timpani, showing musicianship and aptitude. Show knowledge of intervals, pitch recognition and tuning ability. Perform at least one standard Classical timpani part (Beethoven or Mozart).
  • Sight-reading may be requested in any segment of the audition.

All students study both percussion and timpani. Study during the third and fourth years is customarily in the major field of concentration, as determined by the department in consultation with the student. However, with the agreement of the department, in consultation with the student, a student may continue to study both percussion and timpani during the third and fourth years of the undergraduate program.

Graduate:

Customarily students confine their studies to one field of concentration (either Percussion or Timpani). However, with agreement of the department, in consultation with the student, it is possible to study both Percussion and Timpani at the graduate level. To qualify for study in two fields of concentration, applicants must demonstrate musical and technical mastery by performing the audition requirements applicable to each major area of concentration.

Percussion

  • Five contrasting orchestral excerpts each for snare drum, xylophone, and glockenspiel
  • One advanced orchestral excerpt for vibraphone, tambourine, cymbals, and triangle may be heard as time permits
  • An advanced keyboard solo suitable for a senior recital
  • An advanced snare drum etude or solo
  • Show basic technical and ear training skills on timpani
  • Sight-reading may be requested in any segment of the audition.

Timpani

  • Demonstrate timpani skills in performance of rolls and single strokes. Show evidence of a good ear, knowledge of intervals, and tuning ability.
  • Perform standard timpani repertoire and etudes demonstrating facility and musicianship.
  • Show evidence of basic technical knowledge of snare drum and keyboard percussion; perform one study each on snare drum and xylophone or marimba.
  • Sight-reading may be requested in any segment of the audition.

Resource for Selecting Repertoire

CIM’s Program Advisory Committee has put together a database of resources and repertoire that focuses on underrepresented composers in classical music. Where there are opportunities to select your own piece, we encourage you to use this resource to explore and research composers and works.

Trombone and Bass Trombone

A prescreening video is required. To accommodate prescreening, applicants are strongly urged to submit applications well before the deadline of December 1. Each piece of repertoire must be unedited and recorded separately.  

Prescreen Requirements

  • Two contrasting technical studies, lyrical and technical, from Blazhevich or Bordogni, or the equivalent 
  • One solo selected by the student, see suggestions below 
  • Two contrasting orchestral excerpts, see suggestions below 

Audition Requirements

Undergraduate Tenor and Bass Trombone:

  • One major and one minor scale (two octaves) and arpeggios  
  • Two contrasting technical studies, lyrical and technical, from Blazhevich or Bordogni, or the equivalent 
  • One solo selected by the student; for example:
    • David's Concerto or Saint-Saëns' Cavatine (tenor trombone)
    • Lebedev's Concerto in One Movement or Bozza's New Orleans (bass trombone) 
  • Four contrasting orchestral excerpts for tenor trombone, such as:
    • Mozart's tuba mirum from Requiem
    • Strauss' Till Eulenspiegel
    • Hindemith's Symphonic Metamorphosis
    • Wagner's Lohengrin
    • Wagner's Ride of the Valkyrie
    • Mahler's Symphony No. 3
    • Berlioz's Hungarian March 
  • Four contrasting orchestra excerpts for bass trombone such as:
    • Haydn's The Creation
    • Wagner's Ride of the Valkyrie
    • Brahms' Chorale from Brahms 1
    • Strauss' Till Eulenspiegel
    • Bach's Sarabande from the 5th Cello Suite
    • Berlioz's Hungarian March 
  • Sight-reading (not required on recorded auditions) 

Graduate Tenor and Bass Trombone: 

  • Two contrasting technical studies, lyrical and technical, from Bitsch, Masson, Bozza, Bordogni, Blazevich, or the equivalent 
  • One solo selected by the student, demonstrating advanced musicality and technique 
  • Four contrasting orchestral excerpts for tenor trombone such as:
    • Ravel's Boléro
    • Mahler's Symphony No. 3
    • Wagner's Ride of the Valkyrie
    • Rossini's William Tell or La Gazza Ladra
    • Strauss' Till Eulenspiegel
    • Bruckner's Symphony No. 7
    • Saint-Saëns' Symphony No. 3 
  • Four contrasting standard orchestral excerpts for bass trombone such as:
    • Bach's Sarabande from 5th Suite
    • Bruckner's Symphony No. 7
    • Beethoven's Symphony No. 9
    • Berlioz's Hungarian March
    • Kodály's Háry János
    • Rossini's William Tell or La Gazza Ladra 
  • Sight-reading (not required on recorded auditions) 
Trumpet

A prescreening video is required. To accommodate prescreening, applicants are strongly urged to submit applications well before the deadline of December 1. Each piece of repertoire must be unedited and recorded separately. 

Prescreen Requirements

Same as audition requirements (can be different pieces than what are played for the live audition).

Audition Requirements

Undergraduate:

  • Two etudes of contrasting style from Charlier, Brandt, Characteristic Study from Arban, or the equivalent
  • Concerto or solo piece selected by the student
  • Orchestral passages from standard repertoire optional

Graduate:

  • Two etudes of contrasting style from Charlier, Brandt, Bitsch, Smith-Top Tones, Characteristic Study from Arban, or the equivalent
  • Two concerto or solo pieces of contrasting style selected by the student
  • Orchestral passages from standard repertoire

Resource for Selecting Repertoire

CIM’s Program Advisory Committee has put together a database of resources and repertoire that focuses on underrepresented composers in classical music. Where there are opportunities to select your own piece, we encourage you to use this resource to explore and research composers and works.

Tuba

A prescreening recording is not required, except for doctor of musical arts and artist diploma applicants. If you wish to upload a video recording to your application, you may do so. The recording should consist of selections from the audition repertoire. Doctor of musical arts and artist diploma applicants should record at least 30 minutes of the repertoire below.

Audition Requirements

Undergraduate:

  • Major and minor scales and arpeggios (not required on recorded auditions)
  • Two contrasting etudes
  • Solo selected by the student
  • Orchestral excerpts
  • Sight-reading (not required on recorded auditions)

Graduate:

  • Major and minor scales and arpeggios (not required on recorded auditions)
  • Concerto selected by the student
  • Two contrasting etudes
  • Orchestral excerpts
  • Solo demonstrating contemporary techniques
  • Sight-reading (not required on recorded auditions)

Resource for Selecting Repertoire

CIM’s Program Advisory Committee has put together a database of resources and repertoire that focuses on underrepresented composers in classical music. Where there are opportunities to select your own piece, we encourage you to use this resource to explore and research composers and works.

Viola

A prescreening video is required. To accommodate prescreening, applicants are strongly urged to submit applications well before the deadline of December 1. Each piece of repertoire must be unedited and recorded separately. 

Prescreening Requirements

Must be played from memory.

  • A scale of your choice in three octaves, once slurring six and once with a spiccato stroke
  • One movement of a Bach cello suite or violin sonata/partita
  • One movement from a standard viola concerto

Audition Requirements

Must be played from memory.

Undergraduate:

  • A scale of your choice in three octaves, once slurring six and once with a spiccato stroke
  • Two contrasting movements from a solo Bach suite, sonata, partita or an equivalent solo work
  • One movement from a standard viola concerto

Graduate:

  • A scale of your choice in three octaves, once slurring six and once with a spiccato stroke
  • Two contrasting movements from a solo Bach suite, sonata, partita or an equivalent solo work
  • One movement from a standard viola concerto
Violin and Violin Suzuki Pedagogy

A prescreening video is required. To accommodate prescreening, applicants are strongly urged to submit applications well before the deadline of December 1. Each piece of repertoire must be unedited and recorded separately. 

Prescreening Requirements

Must be played from memory.

For All:

  • First movement from a standard concerto with cadenza where applicable (if Shostakovich No. 1 is selected, please perform the cadenza and fourth movement instead of the first movement) 
  • One movement from a Bach Sonata or Partita for Solo Violin 
  • One etude or caprice by Dont, Gaviniès, Kreutzer, Paganini, Rode, or the equivalent 

Audition Requirements

Must be played from memory.

Undergraduate: 

  • First movement from a standard concerto with cadenza where applicable (if Shostakovich No. 1 is selected, please perform the cadenza and fourth movement instead of the first movement) 
  • Two contrasting movements from a Bach Sonata or Partita for Solo Violin (Ciaccona from Bach’s Second Partita may be used as the equivalent) 
  • One etude or caprice by Dont, Gaviniès, Kreutzer, Paganini, Rode, or the equivalent 

MM or Professional Studies: 

  • First movement from a standard concerto with cadenza where applicable (if Shostakovich No. 1 is selected, please perform the cadenza and fourth movement instead of the first movement) 
  • Two contrasting movements from a Bach Sonata or Partita for Solo Violin (Ciaconna from Bach’s Second Partita may be used as the equivalent) 
  • Another piece of the applicant’s choice 
  • One etude or caprice by Dont, Gaviniès, Kreutzer, Paganini, Rode, or the equivalent 

Artist Diploma or DMA: 

  • First movement from a standard concerto with cadenza where applicable (if Shostakovich No. 1 is selected, please perform the cadenza and fourth movement instead of the first movement) 
  • First movement with cadenza from a Mozart Violin Concerto 
  • An entire Bach Sonata or Partita for Solo Violin 
  • Two Paganini caprices or a substantial virtuoso piece, such as the following, or something similar:
    • Ravel's Tzigane
    • Saint-Saëns' Rondo Capriccioso
    • Ysaÿe's Ballade
    • Sarasate's Carmen Fantasy  

Resource for Selecting Repertoire

CIM’s Program Advisory Committee has put together a database of resources and repertoire that focuses on underrepresented composers in classical music. Where there are opportunities to select your own piece, we encourage you to use this resource to explore and research composers and works.

Voice

A prescreening video is required. To accommodate prescreening, applicants are strongly urged to submit applications well before the deadline of December 1. Each piece of repertoire must be unedited and recorded separately. 

Accompaniment is required for voice applicants. You may use piano or a recorded accompaniment. 

Prescreening Requirements

Undergraduate:

Must be performed from memory. 

  • Applicants must prepare two selections from the classical vocal repertoire - one in Italian and one in English 

Graduate:

Must be performed from memory. 

  • Applicants must prepare three selections in three languages representing a variety of musical styles and periods, one of which must be an operatic aria 

Audition Requirements

If your prescreening audition is accepted, additional repertoire will be requested by the voice faculty. 


Resource for Selecting Repertoire

CIM’s Program Advisory Committee has put together a database of resources and repertoire that focuses on underrepresented composers in classical music. Where there are opportunities to select your own piece, we encourage you to use this resource to explore and research composers and works.